• Squire’s Challenge GameRace to gather equipment for your master. Can you match the names to their items?
  • Virtual Joust GameThe Middle Ages meet the Digital Age as you try your hand at jousting in this online version of the museum's Virtual Joust experience.
  • InnovationExplore "Behind the Scenes" and discover how students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute have been collaborating with the Higgins Armory Museum to produce the content found on this site.
  • Collection DatabaseSearch the thousands of items in the Higgins collection to learn about the artifacts and the stories behind them.
  • Explore the Battle of DorneckMeet the players in a medieval army as you investigate this contemporary woodcut of the historic clash between the Habsburg emperor and the Swiss Confederacy.
  • Dress a Knight GameDressing in armor was a complicated affair. Can you figure out which piece goes where - and in the right order?
  • Virtual TourTruly a unique experience, this tour spotlights many artifacts that you cannot see even with an onsite visit. Interactive multimedia presentations make this a memorable feature of the Virtual Armory, while the variety of content makes it easily the largest.
  • Personalized TourAnswer this questionnaire to create your own museum profile and personalized museum map.
  • Arms in Action Video SeriesSee how the museum's arms and armor was actually used, as swordsmen face off in fights based on the museum's world-class program of historic combat.
Slideshow Javascript Free Download by WOWSlider.com v2.6



Welcome


The Virtual Armory is the product of more than a decade of collaboration between the Higgins Armory and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Most of its content was created by student teams from WPI, working in collaboration with the Armory to explore the potential of digital technologies for museums in the 21st century. Development of this website was supported in part by a Digital Humanities grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

You can click the slideshow to jump to the current page it is displaying.